Wednesday Night Lectures

All Wednesday night lectures are held in the Speck Auditorium at 8:00 PM Eastern followed by a wine and cheese reception right outside the building. Lectures are recorded and available for viewing by clicking on the lecture title.


jenn-morganMay 26, 2021 Konishi Lecture
Marine Biological Laboratory
Lessons from Lampreys on Spinal Cord Regeneration: From Molecules to Behavior

mathisJune 2, 2021
Mackenzie Mathis 
Harvard University
June 9, 2021
Manuel Diaz-Rios
Bowdoin College


June 16, 2021 Nicholls Lecture
Vanessa Ruta
Rockefeller University

June 23, 2021
David Schulz
University of Missouri

The 2019 Wednesday Night Lecture Schedule:

June 5, 2019
Nanyang Technological University Singapore

June 12, 2019  Konishi Lecture
Claremont McKenna College
Behavioral and Neural Mechanisms of Duet Singing in Neotropical Wren
The 2018 Wednesday Night Lecture Schedule:
June 6, 2018
Louisiana State University

carlsonJune 13, 2018
Washington University
Linking evolutionary change in sensory perception to its cellular and network substrates in weakly electric fish

June 20, 2018 Konishi Lecture
University of Arizona

July 11, 2018
New York University

July 18, 2018 Nicholls Lecture
Duke University

The 2017 Wednesday Night Lecture Schedule:
June 7
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência
June 14
Josh Gordon
June 21
UC Berkeley
June 28
Cynthia Moss
Johns Hopkins University
July 12  Nicholls Lecture
Mala Murthy
Princeton University
Neural Mechanisms for Dynamic Acoustic Communication in Flies


Rockefeller University
July 26
Columbia University


The 2016 Wednesday Night Lecture Schedule:
June 15
Michael Long
New York University
How does the Brain Generate Behavioral Sequences?

June 22
Sarah London
The University of Chicago
Measuring and Manipulating the Dynamic Genome to Understand Brain Function and Behavior

June 29
Villu Maricq 
University of Utah
How Motors Deliver and Remove the Machinery of Memory

July 6
Adrienne Fairhall
University of Washington
Variability and Synchrony in Birdsong Learning

July 13 Nicholls Lecture
Carol Barnes
University of Arizona
Impact of Aging on Circuits Critical for Normal Memory Function

July 20
Todd Sacktor
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
PKMzeta, LTP, and Memory

July 27 Konishi Lecture
Gilles Laurent 
Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
On the Brain of Sleeping Dragons

The 2015 Wednesday Night Lecture Schedule:
June 10
Benedict Carey
Science Writer
Drunk Fruit Flies and Grandiose Irritability: Finding the Science in the Story

June 17
Bettina Osborn
A Bird’s Eye View of an Evolving NIMH Grant Portfolio in Learning and Memory

June 24 Konishi Lecture
Margaret McCarthy
University of Maryland Medical School
Surprising Origins of Sex Differences in the Brain

July 1
Sarah Woolley
McGill University
Generation and Perception of Vocal Variability

July 8
Michael Markham
University of Oklahoma
Energetics of an Active Sensory and Communication Signal: Organismal, Cellular, and Molecular Perspectives

July 15  Nicholls Lecture 
Allison Barth
Carnegie Mellon University
Dynamic Connectivity Mediated through Presynaptic Silencing in Pyramidal Cell Networks

July 22 Forbes Lecture
William Catterall
University of Washington
Calcium Channel Regulation and Short-Term Synaptic Plasticity

July 29
Nachum Ulanovsky
Weizmann Institute
Neural Codes for 2-D and 3-D Space in the Hippocampal Formation of Bats



Jeff Lichtman (Harvard)  A Connectomic Approach to Neural Systems & Behavior 07/31/14

Michael Nitabach (Yale University)  Neural Circuits Controlling Innate Behavior 07/08/14

Edward Kravitz (Harvard)  A New Department, a New Transmitter Compound, a War and a Movement or How I Spent the 60s and Early 70s 06/23/1